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INEC laments 500,525 uncollected PVCs in Imo, to display Voters Register Nov. 6



INEC-Collection of PVCs



Prof. Francis Ezeonu, the Imo Resident Electoral Commissioner, says it is regrettable that 500,525 unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) of Imo residents are still in his custody.

He said that out of over 380,000 cards of 2011 and 2014 registration exercise released in April 2017, about 343,742 cards were yet to be claimed.

He also said that of the 72,237 cards received in respect of all those who registered in 2017, about 49,252 were yet to be collected.

Ezeonu made this known in Owerri on Wednesday at the flag-off of a road show by the commission in the state and a media briefing to announce the display of voters register.

“Recently, we recieved 110,627 PVCs for people who registered in the first quarter of 2018, only a paltry 3,096 have so far been collected in the last three weeks, leaving us a balance of 107,531 uncollected.

“All together, a total of 500,525 PVCs are yet to be collected in Imo State as at Oct.29. This is worrisome as no person will be allowed to vote with a temporary voter’s card,” he said.

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The Imo REC advised all registered voters, who have not collected their PVCs, to take advantage of INEC deployment to Residential Areas (RAs), to go to where they registered with their Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) to collect their PVCs.

“The commission will ensure that the process of collection is simplified with minimum inconvenience to the citizens of the state.

“We, however, wish to remind all of the commission’s policy is that no PVC will be collected by proxy.

“We have been informed that the PVCs for the last batch of registrants will be released before the end of the year,” he said.

Ezeonu said that INEC had been following activities heralding the 2019 general elections which included the conduct of primaries by political parties, submission of lists of candidates for presidential and national assembly elections and publication of particulars of candidates.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deadline for submission of the list of candidates for gubernatorial and state assembly elections by political parties is Nov.2 as directed by the commission.

He said that in accordance with Sections 19 and 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (Amended), the commission had approved the display of national register of voters at all polling units between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12.

The REC said the display was to address the removal of ineligible voters which included deceased registered voters, non-Nigerians, registrants with still pictures, under-aged voters and multiple registrations.

He said that submission of claims and objections as well as collection of PVCs at RAs would start by 9.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m each day and would last for only seven days (weekends inclusive), adding that hearing of claims and objections would be at the RA within the same period.

According to him, PVCs for all those who registered in 2011, 2014, 2017 and first quarter of 2018 (January-March) are available for collection.

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He enjoined the media to assist the commission in bringing the programmes of the commission to the front burner of public space and help popularise the national voters register to sensitise the citizens on the need to collect their PVCs.

Ezeonu said the Imo INEC was embarking on a roadshow as part of the voter education and sensitisation campaign to alert citizens about the forthcoming display of PVCs at RAs for easy access and collection.

“The 2019 Election Project Plan is on course.

“The cardinal objective of the 2019 election project plan is to conduct credible and peaceful election with an acceptable outcome that will inspire the confidence of Nigerians and all stakeholders.

“INEC is committed to free, fair and credible election,” he said.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers



CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike



Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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